Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Phillies' Worley Shelled By Twins

By Woody Wommack

The Phillies went into Wednesday's spring training game against the Twins with a plan to give pitcher Vance Worley a chance to throw around 90 pitches. But the plan wasn't to have him do it by the end of the fourth inning.

Bad defense by Philadelphia combined with solid hitting by Minnesota doomed Worley and the Phillies, as they fell behind 11-1 before eventually losing to the Twins, 11-7.

Only five of the runs given up by Worley were earned, with six more crossing the plate due to a pair of Phillies errors.

Minnesota wasted no time getting to work offensively, getting two runs in the bottom of the first and second innings to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

The Phillies' bats showed signs of life in the third, when a Jimmy Rollins single plated starting left fielder Luis Montanez. Philadelphia loaded the bases later in the inning, but Hunter Pence struck out looking and Ty Wigginton grounded out to end the threat.